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2008-08-14 09:00:39

By Jared Eborn Deseret News NEPHI -- It's rare that a breakaway succeeds in holding off the peloton for 90 miles. It's even more rare to see a breakaway later pass that same peloton and get a round of applause as they roll past their standing- still competitors with more than 50 miles still to race. Yet that's exactly what happened Wednesday during Stage 1 of the Tour of Utah cycling race after a missed turn sent a breakaway group of four cyclists down the wrong road in Mount Pleasant....

2006-07-10 21:30:14

BORDEAUX, France (Reuters) - World champion Tom Boonen will enjoy a tailor-made stage on Tuesday as the Tour de France takes the peloton over 169.5 km from Bordeaux to Dax and to a likely sprint finish. The ninth stage will be one of the last chances of victory for the Belgian, who will then have to climb the Pyrenees passes if he wants to keep alive his hopes of bringing the green jersey back to Paris. The coveted sprinters' jersey sits on the shoulders of Australian Robbie McEwen,...

2006-07-07 09:40:31

By Julien Pretot VITRE, France (Reuters) - Back in the saddle after a two-year drug ban, Briton David Millar says he is the happiest rider in the Tour de France. "It feels good, I am really enjoying it," the Saunier Duval rider told Reuters minutes before starting the 189-km sixth stage from Lisieux to Vitre on Friday. The 29-year-old was banned for two years and stripped of his gold medal from the 2003 world championship time trial after he admitted taking the banned blood-booster...

2005-08-07 15:00:13

PARIS (Reuters) - Confusion surrounded the 232-km fourth stage of the Tour of Benelux Sunday when the main pack, led by organizers' car and motorcycles, lost their way. Americans Jason McCartney and Christian Vandevelde and Belgian Bart Dockx were leading by seven minutes on the Wanne climb, 50 kms from the finish in Verviers, when the whole peloton turned into the wrong road and were forced to backtrack. When they made it back to the right road, the lead of the three breakaways had risen...

2005-07-08 08:36:34

LUNEVILLE, France (Reuters) - German rider Fabian Wegmann took the lead in the Tour de France mountain standings Friday as he sped toward his native country in a gutsy solo breakaway on the seventh stage. Wegmann had a lead of eight minutes over the peloton at the halfway mark of the 228.5 km run to the German city of Karlsruhe, the Tour's only sortie outside France. The Gerolsteiner rider earned maximum points from both the day's category climbs, the Col de la Chipotte and the Col du...

2005-07-07 12:09:03

NANCY, France (Reuters) - Race leader Lance Armstrong narrowly avoided a pile-up near the "hairy" finish of the sixth stage of the Tour de France on Thursday. The six times champion always says the first week of the race is the one he fears the most as it features massive sprints and tricky finishes. On Thursday, Armstrong came in with the pack seven seconds behind surprise winner Lorenzo Bernucci of Italy after a big crash at the final bend brought down several riders. "It was a hairy...

2005-07-04 13:51:56

TOURS, France (Reuters) - Former Paris-Tours winner ErikDekker was part of a three-man breakaway that led the thirdstage of the Tour de France Monday. Dutchman Dekker, who won the one-day classic in 2004,France's Nicolas Portal and Swiss Rubens Bertogliati broke awayfrom the bunch after 27 km of the 212.5-km stage from LaChataigneraie. The three held a maximum lead of five minutes 40 secondswith 118 km to ride but the peloton began to close inpreparation for the expected mass sprint to the...

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